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State of Connecticut Labor Situation Last Updated: May 19, 2016
Nonfarm jobs grow by 3,500; unemployment rate remains unchanged at 5.7%. Connecticut Labor Situation - April 2016 PDF
WETHERSFIELD, May 19, 2016 - Connecticut preliminary nonfarm job figures estimated from the business payroll survey conducted by the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) indicate the state added 3,500 jobs (0.21%) in April 2016 to a level of 1,689,800, seasonally adjusted. Statewide nonagricultural employment gains now tally 20,100 (1.20%, 1,675 per month) since April 2015. The initial announcement of a 300 job gain for March 2016 was revised upward to 1,000 (0.06%).

Connecticut’s seasonally-adjusted unemployment rate was estimated at 5.7% (based on the Current Population Survey of residential households - CPS) for April 2016. This is unchanged from the March 2016 rate of 5.7%, but still down one-tenth of a percentage point from the April 2015 unemployment rate of 5.8%. In April, the state’s labor force continued to expand (3,233), and has turned positive over the year (9,211, 0.5%).

“Connecticut saw increases in both job counts and labor force participation in April,” said Andy Condon, Director of the Office of Research. “As new workers entered or reentered the labor force, the number of unemployed also grew. This explains recent upward pressure on our unemployment rate.”

Nonfarm Jobs Detail (business establishment survey)

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Connecticut April 2016 nonfarm job estimates show a 3,500 (0.21%) job gain, seasonally adjusted, as nine major industry supersectors added jobs while just one declined. Measured from April 2015, the state is now estimated to have increased nonfarm employment by 20,100 (1.20%). Annual growth also appears broad based. Year-to-date Connecticut nonfarm job gains for the first four months of 2016 are 9,800. The employment gains in the first four colder months of 2015 were only 1,300.

Employment in Connecticut's Private Sector, at 1,451,900, grew in April 2016 by 3,400 (0.23%) and added 20,800 jobs (1.45%, about 1,733 jobs per month) over the year.

Nine of the ten major industry supersectors increased employment this April 2016 while just one declined on a seasonally-adjusted basis. The largest job gaining supersector in April was the Construction and Mining (2,400, 4.2%, 60,000 jobs). This month's building sector strength, however, followed a weak March number (-1,000). The Professional and Business Services supersector (1,100, 0.5%, 218,600 jobs) also posted a solid job gain in April. The largest supersector, the Education and Health Services (800, 0.2%, 330,000 jobs) added 800 jobs and now leads annual growth (4,600, 1.4%) in sheer numbers. The Financial Activities (700, 0.5%, 131,800) and the Trade, Transportation & Utilities (700, 0.2%, 299,900 jobs) supersectors both added 700 jobs in April. The small Information industry supersector (300, 0.9%, 34,600 jobs) posted a solid monthly gain for its size and is the fastest growing industry supersector over the year in percentage terms (2,200, 6.8%). The Other Services (200, 0.3%, 64,900) and Manufacturing (200, 0.1%, 159,700) supersectors both added 200 jobs in April. Lastly, the Government supersector (100, 0.04%, 237,900 jobs) showed a small increase last month but is the only declining supersector over the year (-700,-0.3%).

The Leisure and Hospitality (-3,000, -1.9%, 152,400 jobs) industry supersector was the only supersector to see job losses in April 2016. This was a large decline, but it was preceded by seven consecutive monthly gains from September 2015 for this industry supersector that was also enhanced by a warmer winter. In addition, Easter was early this year (late March) and the April decline in accommodation and food service (-2,000, -1.6%) may have reflected this.

Labor Market Information - Connecticut, Employment Sectors & United States Nonfarm Employment
Year to Year Month to Month Previous Three Months
Apr 2016 Apr 2015 Change Rate % Apr 2016 Mar 2016 Change Rate % Feb 2016 Jan 2016 Dec 2015
Graph Follow link below for more charts & data State of Connecticut Employment
go to Connecticut nonfarm employment data table Connecticut Nonfarm Employment 1,689,800 1,669,700 20,100 1.2% 1,689,800 1,686,300 3,500 0.2% 1,685,300 1,681,200 1,680,000
go to Private Sector sector data table Private Sector 1,451,900 1,431,100 20,800 1.5% 1,451,900 1,448,500 3,400 0.2% 1,447,800 1,442,900 1,442,500
Graph Follow link below for more charts & data Goods Producing Industries
go to Construction sector data table Construction 59,500 57,200 2,300 4.0% 59,500 57,100 2,400 4.2% 58,100 58,100 57,400
go to Manufacturing sector data table Manufacturing 159,700 158,900 800 0.5% 159,700 159,500 200 0.1% 159,900 158,800 158,500
Graph Follow link below for more charts & data Service Providing Industries
go to Transportation and Public Utilities sector data table Transportation and Public Utilities 299,900 296,800 3,100 1.0% 299,900 299,200 700 0.2% 298,500 298,500 299,300
go to Information sector data table Information 34,600 32,400 2,200 6.8% 34,600 34,300 300 0.9% 33,600 33,100 32,900
go to Financial Activities sector data table Financial Activities 131,800 130,300 1,500 1.2% 131,800 131,100 700 0.5% 130,900 131,500 130,300
go to Professional and Business Services sector data table Professional and Business Services 218,600 215,300 3,300 1.5% 218,600 217,500 1,100 0.5% 216,600 216,900 217,400
go to Educational and Health Services sector data table Educational and Health Services 330,000 325,400 4,600 1.4% 330,000 329,200 800 0.2% 329,100 325,100 327,600
go to Leisure and Hospitality sector data table Leisure and Hospitality 152,400 150,500 1,900 1.3% 152,400 155,400 -3,000 -1.9% 155,000 154,900 153,900
go to Other Services sector data table Other Services 64,900 63,800 1,100 1.7% 64,900 64,700 200 0.3% 65,600 65,400 64,600
go to Government sector data table Government 237,900 238,600 -700 -0.3% 237,900 237,800 100 0.0% 237,500 238,300 237,500
Graph Follow link below for more charts & data United States Employment
go to United States nonfarm employment data table United States Nonfarm Employment 143,915,000 141,223,000 2,692,000 1.9% 143,915,000 143,755,000 160,000 0.1% 143,547,000 143,318,000 143,137,000
Recession Recovery: Connecticut has now recovered 95,600 positions, or 80.3% of the 119,100 seasonally- adjusted total nonfarm jobs that were lost in the state during the March 2008 - February 2010 employment recession. The state needs to reach the 1,713,300 seasonally-adjusted job mark to enter a true nonfarm employment expansion. This will require 23,500 more nonfarm jobs. Connecticut’s nonfarm jobs recovery is now 74 months old and is averaging about 1,292 jobs per month since February 2010.

Recession Recovery

The state’s Private Sector has recovered employment at a better pace, recouping 105,400 (94.4%, about 1,424 jobs per month) of the 111,700 private sector positions that were lost during that same employment recession. The government supersector has lost an another 9,800 positions since the employment recovery began in February 2010 in addition to the 7,400 jobs the sector lost in the recession itself (Native American employment on reservations, including casinos, are tallied in local government in Connecticut).

Labor Market Areas (LMAs): The preliminary nonfarm job figures show that two of the four Connecticut Labor Market Areas that are seasonally adjusted by the Bureau of Labor Statistics added jobs in April 2016. The Hartford-West Hartford-East Hartford LMA (2,500, 0.4%, 574,000 jobs) led all labor markets in job growth last month and the New Haven LMA (100, 0.04%, 280,600 jobs) was slightly positive as well. The smaller Norwich-New London-Westerly LMA (-500, -0.4%, 129,300) and the Bridgeport-Stamford-Norwalk LMA (-200, -0.1%, 412,700 jobs) were both lower in nonfarm employment. The largest state labor market, the Hartford-West Hartford-East Hartford LMA (7,800, 1.4%), continues to lead in annual job growth magnitude, while the smaller Norwich-New London-Westerly LMA (2,800, 2.2%) leads in year-to-year percentage gains.

Note: Six major Connecticut LMAs are estimated independently from the statewide data by the BLS and cover more than 90% of the nonfarm employment in the state. Thus estimates will not fully sum to the statewide total. Only four of the six BLS–estimated labor markets are seasonally adjusted. The Danbury LMA and the Waterbury LMA are not seasonally adjusted at this time due to a recent geography change.

Hours and Earnings: The Private Sector workweek, not seasonally adjusted, averaged 33.5 hours in April 2016, unchanged from the same month a year ago. Average hourly earnings at $30.48, not seasonally adjusted, were up $1.75, or 6.1%, from the April 2015 hourly earnings estimate. The resulting average Private Sector weekly pay was calculated at $1,021.08, up $58.62, or 6.1% higher than a year ago. Note: Other data sources do not support this aggressive level of wage growth.

The 12-month percent change in the Consumer Price Index for All Urban Consumers (CPI-U, U.S. City Average, not seasonally adjusted) in March 2016 was 0.9%. in April 2016 was 1.1%. Information for the manufacturing production workweek and earnings can be found in the table section of this release under the “Hours and Earnings” data category. Current all-employee private sector hours and earnings estimates can be volatile due to fluctuating sample responses.

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 Labor Force / Residents Employed / Residents Unemployed Top
Based on the Local Area Unemployment Statistics model (LAUS - a statistical model using the CPS – the Current Population Survey residential data), the number of Connecticut unemployed residents, seasonally adjusted, increased by 1,964 (1.8%) over the month to 109,480 in April 2016. Over the year, the number of the state’s jobless residents has now gone positive and has increased by 362 (0.3%). The latest unemployment statistics continue to show the state’s labor force increasing (3,233, 0.2%) over the month and over the year (9,211, 0.5%).
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Jan   1,893.5 1,723.6 169.9 1,919.9 1,742.8 177.1 1,904.2 1,747.6 156.6 1,865.1 1,714.8 150.3 1,873.8 1,741.1 132.7 1,900.2 1,784.1 116.2 1,892.3 1,788.5 103.8
Feb   1,895.4 1,724.1 171.3 1,919.4 1,742.9 176.5 1,901.9 1,745.5 156.3 1,863.3 1,714.6 148.8 1,876.5 1,745.5 131.0 1,900.1 1,785.7 114.4 1,896.1 1,791.6 104.5
Mar   1,897.8 1,725.8 172.0 1,918.0 1,742.7 175.3 1,899.0 1,742.2 156.8 1,862.9 1,715.4 147.5 1,879.0 1,749.9 129.2 1,898.6 1,786.7 111.9 1,901.9 1,794.4 107.5
Apr   1,900.8 1,728.4 172.4 1,915.9 1,742.3 173.6 1,895.7 1,737.8 157.9 1,863.8 1,717.4 146.4 1,881.1 1,753.9 127.1 1,895.9 1,786.8 109.1 1,905.1 1,795.7 109.5
May   1,904.0 1,731.5 172.5 1,913.7 1,742.0 171.6 1,892.0 1,732.9 159.1 1,865.5 1,720.0 145.4 1,882.8 1,757.8 125.0 1,892.4 1,786.2 106.2
Jun   1,907.2 1,734.5 172.7 1,911.8 1,742.3 169.4 1,888.2 1,728.2 160.0 1,867.1 1,722.7 144.4 1,884.6 1,761.6 123.0 1,888.7 1,785.3 103.5
Jul   1,910.0 1,736.8 173.2 1,910.5 1,743.3 167.2 1,884.5 1,724.2 160.2 1,868.0 1,725.0 143.0 1,886.6 1,765.2 121.4 1,885.8 1,784.3 101.5
Aug   1,912.4 1,738.4 174.0 1,909.8 1,744.9 164.9 1,881.0 1,721.4 159.6 1,868.3 1,726.9 141.4 1,889.0 1,768.7 120.3 1,884.2 1,783.5 100.6
Sep   1,914.3 1,739.3 175.0 1,909.3 1,746.5 162.8 1,877.8 1,719.5 158.3 1,868.2 1,728.7 139.6 1,891.6 1,772.1 119.5 1,883.6 1,783.1 100.5
Oct   1,915.9 1,739.9 176.0 1,908.7 1,747.9 160.8 1,874.5 1,718.1 156.4 1,868.4 1,730.8 137.7 1,894.4 1,775.5 118.9 1,883.8 1,783.0 100.8
Nov   1,917.2 1,740.5 176.8 1,907.7 1,748.7 159.0 1,871.1 1,716.9 154.2 1,869.4 1,733.5 135.9 1,897.1 1,778.8 118.2 1,884.3 1,783.0 101.4
Dec   1,918.1 1,741.0 177.2 1,906.2 1,748.6 157.6 1,867.9 1,715.7 152.2 1,871.2 1,736.9 134.3 1,899.1 1,781.7 117.4 1,885.2 1,783.1 102.1
 State of Connecticut Unemployment Rate vs. United States Unemployment Rate Top
Connecticut’s April 2016 unemployment rate was estimated at 5.7%, seasonally adjusted, unchanged from the previous month. However, this is still down one-tenth of a percentage point from the revised April 2015 unemployment rate of 5.8%. The US unemployment rate was calculated at 5.0% for April 2016, also unchanged from March 2016, but down four-tenths of a percentage point from April 2015 (5.4%).
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Jan  7.0 7.8 0.8 9.0 9.8 0.8 9.2 9.1 -0.1 8.2 8.3 0.1 8.1 8.0 -0.1 7.1 6.6 -0.5 6.1 5.7 -0.4 5.5 4.9 -0.6
Feb  7.2 8.3 1.1 9.0 9.8 0.8 9.2 9.0 -0.2 8.2 8.3 0.1 8.0 7.7 -0.3 7.0 6.7 -0.3 6.0 5.5 -0.5 5.5 4.9 -0.6
Mar  7.5 8.7 1.2 9.1 9.9 0.8 9.1 9.0 -0.1 8.3 8.2 -0.1 7.9 7.5 -0.4 6.9 6.7 -0.2 5.9 5.5 -0.4 5.7 5.0 -0.7
Apr  7.7 9.0 1.3 9.1 9.9 0.8 9.1 9.1 0.0 8.3 8.2 -0.1 7.9 7.6 -0.3 6.8 6.2 -0.6 5.8 5.4 -0.4 5.7 5.0 -0.7
May  7.9 9.4 1.5 9.1 9.6 0.5 9.0 9.0 0.0 8.4 8.2 -0.2 7.8 7.5 -0.3 6.6 6.2 -0.4 5.6 5.5 -0.1
Jun  8.1 9.5 1.4 9.1 9.4 0.3 8.9 9.1 0.2 8.5 8.2 -0.3 7.7 7.5 -0.2 6.5 6.1 -0.4 5.5 5.3 -0.2
Jul  8.2 9.5 1.3 9.1 9.4 0.3 8.7 9.0 0.3 8.5 8.2 -0.3 7.7 7.3 -0.4 6.4 6.2 -0.2 5.4 5.3 -0.1
Aug  8.4 9.6 1.2 9.1 9.5 0.4 8.6 9.0 0.4 8.5 8.1 -0.4 7.6 7.3 -0.3 6.4 6.2 -0.2 5.3 5.1 -0.2
Sep  8.5 9.8 1.3 9.1 9.5 0.4 8.5 9.0 0.5 8.4 7.8 -0.6 7.5 7.3 -0.2 6.3 6.0 -0.3 5.3 5.1 -0.2
Oct  8.6 10.0 1.4 9.2 9.4 0.2 8.4 8.8 0.4 8.3 7.8 -0.5 7.4 7.2 -0.2 6.3 5.7 -0.6 5.4 5.0 -0.4
Nov  8.8 9.9 1.1 9.2 9.8 0.6 8.3 8.6 0.3 8.2 7.7 -0.5 7.3 6.9 -0.4 6.2 5.8 -0.4 5.4 5.0 -0.4
Dec  8.9 9.9 1.0 9.2 9.3 0.1 8.3 8.5 0.2 8.1 7.9 -0.2 7.2 6.7 -0.5 6.2 5.6 -0.6 5.4 5.0 -0.4

The nonfarm employment estimate, derived from a survey of businesses, is a measure of jobs in the state; the unemployment rate, based on a household survey, is a measure of the work status of people who live in Connecticut. Overall, as the national and state economies recover, volatility in monthly numbers can be expected. Additionally, changes in methodology that culminated in March 2011 with the U.S. Department of Labor, Bureau of Labor Statistics assuming complete responsibility for estimating all states’ monthly nonfarm job counts, have contributed to the month-to-month variability in the numbers. Jobs estimates are best understood in the context of their movement over several months rather than observed changes in a single month’s estimate.

Next Connecticut Labor Situation release: Thursday, June 16, 2016 (May 2016 data)
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